CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR GÉRARD MOUROU FOR BEING THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
- A history of U-M’s Center for Ultrafast Optical Science
- Celebrating Gérard Mourou at 70: From Ultrafast to Extreme Light
- Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser
CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR ALEXANDER THOMAS
FOR BEING ELECTED FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY
Prof. A. Thomas has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Division of Plasma Physics “for contributions to the experimental and theoretical understanding of short pulse high intensity laser plasma interactions and in particular for the development of laser wakefield accelerators and the generation of x-rays from these beams.”
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.
The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. CUOS was sponsored as a Science and Technology Center by the National Science Foundation during 1990-2001, and as a College of Engineering Center continues its research in ultrafast optics with funding from a variety of government agencies and industry. Its mission is to perform multidisciplinary research in the basic science and technological applications of ultrashort laser pulses, to educate students from a wide variety of backgrounds in the field, and to spur the development of new technologies.
These ultrafast lasers enable a tremendous range of applications in fundamental science and applied technology. Further information on these applications can be found on About CUOS page, and details of specific research programs can be found under Research Groups. CUOS is a house for a 300 TW HERCULES laser, which has held a Guinness world record of the highest focused intensity, presently, of 2×1022 W/cm2 for 13 consecutive years and with the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant will be upgraded to a power of 500 TW and will have a high repetition capability as well.